2017 Letters About Literature Finalists

Congratulations to Key 5th graders Alexa Cruz, Isabella Moran and Alana Stewart on being named Maryland state finalists for the 2017 Letters About Literature contest!

Key 6th grader, Aliya Peremel's poetry submission, "Change," has been selected for publication in the 2017 World Artists' Experiences Anthology, Building a More Peaceful World Through Kindness and Compassion.


Family Activities

Join us for these family activities !

ComicKey! — A Family-Friendly Comic Con for children and teens

  • Third Eye Comics Pop-up Comic Shop
  • Artist Alley - Meet local comic creators and artists and have your comic page signed by a creator
  • ComicKey! Creator Studio - Create your own comic masterpiece
  • Artway Alliance Workshops
  • Join Nick Davis for a reading of and activities around his comic book Hero Ted
  • Make a super hero cape

Fly Away to Neverland
  • Join Lisa Maxwell, author of Unhooked, in writing your pirate tale
  • Make Neverland crafts: pixie dust necklaces, fairy wings, Lost Boy caps, and pirate hats
  • Join in a marshmallow skirmish
Don't miss a Ravens Cheer Clinic and a visit by Poe, the Ravens' mascot, who will be bringing a friend!

She Blinded Me With Science

  • Join Girls Who Code for some poetry in motion
  • Try out video games
  • Learn to fly a drone
  • Make your own lava lamp

Visit with some pups brought by K-9 Dogs!

Be enthralled by magician Jack Julius

Enjoy lots of music!


A Family-Friendly Comic Con

Third Eye Comics Pop-Up Shop
Third Eye Comics returns with a fully functional pop-up shop featuring material for all ages, separated appropriately. A team of Third Eye staff will be on hand to help fans find their next favorite book. Third Eye accepts cash & all major credit cards.
Hero Ted
Saving the World Just Before Bedtime

Reading and book signing by author Nick Davis at 1:00 p.m.
For ages pre-school and up

Hero Ted is the superhero alias of Teddy, a mild-mannered everyday Teddy Bear who snuggles up to his boy at night and accompanies him on his travels. But, when danger rears its head, he puts on his child's security blanket and in a flash of golden light turns into Hero Ted, the super-strong, flying superhero ready to save the world before bedtime.

Hero Ted, is an early reader comic book written so you can read the story to your child like a regular storybook, or your child can follow the action by looking at the illustrations. Made for a child in mind with simple heroics, horrible monsters and always a happy ending with an important lesson about caring, sharing and doing the right thing along the way.

Studio Creator Space
For Teens, All day
Come and hang with your friends and let your creative vibes flow. Check out the adult coloring books, use the space to create and showcase your original art or pen a poem, or bring your instruments and write a new song.

Design Your Own Super Hero Cape
For all ages, All day
We all have a super hero living within us. Stop by and make your own super hero cape and show the world your alter ego.

Artist Alley - Meet the Creators

All day

Art Way Alliance - Introducing children to a different mode of art. Working throughout the Metropolitan area with schools and partnering with other organizations, Art Way Alliance's initial goal is to host workshop programs of varying length for children and teens who want to learn how to draw comic books and anime, a Japanese style of comic books and cartooning respectively. Kids learn the history behind the style and become acquainted with notable examples of the art. Art Way Alliance has partnered with mainstream professional comic book artists and independent artists who are willing to devote their time to teaching the art of drawing and producing sequential art.

Charles Dowd is the creator of Lilith Dark- One Little Girl, One BIG Adventure and The A to Z Guide to Jobs for Girls. Lilith Dark is an all-ages, girl-positive, dark-fantasy adventure series following the ongoing adventures of Lilith Dark, a little girl with a wild imagination, a geeky big brother, a boy-crazy sister, a rottweiler named Kitty, and a tree full of beasties in her backyard.

Nick Davis, of Alt World Studios, is an Englishman, an all-ages author, sometime artist currently living on the East Coast of the USA. Meet the Baltimore author of The Tether Saga, The Wonder Tales, Fabula Exposition, and A Teddy Bear Tale. Nick will be reading from and signing his book Hero Ted at 1:00 p.m.

Keely Creations - Keely Imai is a freelance artist and shameless hobby monster with a background in illustration and animation, and works to manifest her deep-seated love of fantasy and sci-fi on paper and on the screen. Operating locally under the name KeyLime Creations, she has studied the fundamentals of art at Savannah College of Art and Design and Anne Arundel Community College, and her work has been featured in juried art shows at both institutions. Keely has one driving force behind her artistic ambitions, whether she's drawing, painting, sculpting, or animating--to use her art to connect with people and help them connect with each other, and to find our humanity in the realism and the fantasy of visual art.

Cindy Goh is the author of Samuelism C Starts with Cookie, a light-hearted comic about an Asian-American family with four kids and a dog. Samuelism: C Starts with Cookie is a collection of cartoons inspired by real-life events and humorous quotes by Samuel, a little boy with a big personality. Each comic strip represents a memory, seen through the eyes of the author/artist Cindy Goh.

Kirby Creations - Kirby Creations is a locally owned craft business owned by Siobhan Kirby. Driven by a lifelong love of comics, video games, movies, and basically anything geeky, she uses her arts and crafts skills to create gifts for like-minded individuals. The shop features handcrafted gifts such as coasters, keychains, necklaces, wall art, and many more from various fandoms. Special orders are also welcome! You can stop by the booth to purchase the novelties or visit online at SKirbyCreations on Etsy.